Blue Peter Legend John Noakes Has Died Aged 83

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Legendary Blue Peter host John Noakes has died at the age of 83.

He died yesterday morning, May 28, following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s.

Noakes was the longest serving presenter on the children’s BBC show and along with his faithful dog Shep was widely adored by audiences.

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As reported by The Sun, his death was confirmed by close friend Wendy Downes.

She said:

John Noakes, died peacefully on Sunday morning May 28th.

He had endured and suffered from Alzheimer’s over recent years and whilst he will be greatly missed by his wife, family and many friends his release from continuing ill health must be counted as a blessing.

His many escapades with his faithful companion Shep, during his time with Blue Peter, will live on in many peoples memories and that is how his family would like him remembered.

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Noakes, who presented on Blue Peter in the 1960s and 70s, led anything but a typical life.

In 1982 he and his wife aimed to sail the world but were shipwrecked in a hurricane, before attempting the voyage again in 1984 only to settle in Majorca instead.

In 2015 Noakes’ battle with Alzheimer’s became public as the TV star disappeared from his home on the island for a period of ten hours. He was later found collapsed in a storm drain by the side of the road and airlifted to hospital.

Our thoughts are with his friends, family and loved ones at this time.